Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell talked about what went wrong at Tampa Bay, Thomas Rawls, Russell Wilson and more when he met the media Wednesday.
Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell met the media following practice Wednesday to discuss what happened in last Sunday’s 14-5 loss at Tampa Bay, look ahead to the Carolina game, and more.
Here are some highlights:
On whether they should have run the ball more last Sunday: “We did. We were doing some good things in the run game, particularly with how Russ (Russell Wilson) was playing in the game, I mean Russ for 80 yards. So we thought there were some opportunities there that we might be able to take advantage of.”
On being down 14-0 quickly changed their playcalling: “We’re not trying to make any bold statements to that point, when you’re down 14 to nothing, but there’s a little urgency to obviously move down the field and put some good drives together. There were three opportunities I think where we got close into scoring zone and we turned it over all three of those times. That’s something that we haven’t done in the past and I think could have really changed the game there, even if we’re getting field goals in those opportunities. We got to make sure that we do what we normally do and hang onto the football, and I think that could have been different.”
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On the wide receivers played on Sunday: “I think the receivers are playing fine. I think what happened a little bit is the game kind of sped up a little bit, it particularly sped up for Russell a little bit because we were having some protection issues. There were some timing issues that of course ends up taking place after that happens.”
On whether Russell Wilson’s running ability will impact the way opponent’s view of the Seahawks: “It makes them worry about it. I don’t know how much it’s going to affects them or not, but it’s definitely an element that we haven’t had, and it’s an element that they’ll have to respect now. They’ve seen it now, they know that he’s about back to where he can be effective in that run game, so they have to account for it.”
On if Tampa Bay was putting a premium on stopping their short passing game: “I think you just have to give Tampa credit overall. They had a great game plan, they did a nice job. They were giving some different looks, they were trying to change things up. Their pass rush was outstanding, that’s really where I think it started and gave us more trouble than anything. We weren’t really able to get that straight throughout the whole game. We made some plays, there were a lot of near misses during the game, there were quite a few of those, that we just didn’t make some of those plays.”
On Wilson’s two interceptions: “The first one at the end of the half, he’s expecting something a little bit different to happen. We got knocked off on our route a little bit. Then the last one at the end of the game just trying to make a play. I think there was still a little bit of time left, I don’t know if he had to force one in there yet, but he was just trying to make something happen.”
On George Farmer: “He did some nice things. He’s coming along well in the protection game and knowing what he’s doing. Obviously he looks good running and catching, that’s kind of where we thought he’d look good. Just bring him along a little bit more, each and every week.”
On Thomas Rawls: “We’re trying to get Thomas going. He’s our guy. Coming into the week, he’s a little bit more banged up after the first game but he’s good enough to go. I like where he’s at today, he’s feeling better than he was last week but those running backs need to get those carries. Kind of start to get a feel for their feet, for how the combinations are hitting inside, and I think it’s good for him to get all those looks right now. He’s early in his preseason, it’s like his third preseason game, so I think it’s important for him to continue to get those looks.”
On whether the pressure affected Russell Wilson more in this game than it normally does: “He got sacked 6 times. They got a sack the second play of the game and then rushed out of there the third play of the game. I’m not going to say that doesn’t affect the quarterback. I think he was doing a good job of keeping his eyes down the field. It wasn’t like he missed open receivers or anything, I think he was doing a good job of keeping his eyes down the field. I think he was moving where he needed to move, but pressure is pressure. It’s going to make you move around and so some different things.”